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General News of Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Source: todaygh.com

More Ghanaian pilots to be trained for paragliding - Tourism Minister

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku, has hinted that plans are far advanced for more Ghanaians to be trained as pilots for paragliding.

The move, the minister noted, will help boost tourism in the country.

The annual paragliding festival is one of the main highlights of Easter celebrations in Kwahu in the Eastern Region.

The paragliding festival attracts local and foreign tourists but Ghana can only boast of one paragliding pilot, the rest being expatriates.

The sector minister, who disclosed this in an interview with Joy News, said the training school will be a huge legacy

Hundreds of tourists have gone to Kwahu to observe or take part in the paragliding festival.



“One of the pilots [is] promising and assuring the good people of Ghana that he will help the ministry establish a training school for paragliding in Ghana and I think it’s a huge legacy for the President of the Republic that under his tenure and in memory of Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey we would get a paragliding training school so that there will be more Ghanaians who will take up the flying lessons and boost tourism,” she said.



Meanwhile, the first Ghanaian paragliding pilot, Jonathan Quaye, has told Joy News there are great potential in the paragliding sector but those who want to go into it should have the passion for flying.

Mr. Quaye, who said he is adventurous and has been flying for the past nine years, said “we should invest more into the business and give more people opportunity and train more pilots.”